My name is
Reiko Guernsey and I am honored to serve as President of Michigan
Okinawa Kenjinkai. I hope that our Kenjinkai can
continue to foster a sense of community among Okinawans in Michigan.
Konnichiwa! My name is Chiyo Menzel. I look forward to
serving as Vice-President of Michigan Okinawa Kenjinkai. After
recently returning from a trip back to Okinawa, I realize how much I
miss it back home and hope to keep connected to Okinawans in our
is Kimi Lowe and I am the Kenjinkai Treasurer. When I was in the
8th grade, our teacher read a poem,
something like this: "Whenever somebody needs your help, go and
help him." Ever since, this has become my motto. We should
help each other and do whatever we can to improve our Kenjinkai.
Let's do it, together.
My name is Kim Menzel. I am the daughter of members Duke and Chiyo
Menzel. I look forward to this new opportunity and hope to develop
an informative and fun newsletter for Michigan Okinawa Kenjinkai.
everyone, my name is David Bloem. It is with humbled surprise that
I introduce myself to you as your Art Director. What I have
experienced of the culture and people of the Okinawa Islands has
inspired me to learn more. I have been shown a culture of people
that closely support one another and who share in their heritage
traditions with joyful hearts. The only thing I hope for as Art
Director is to serve so to let the culture of Okinawa be experienced by
all. In doing that I am sure I will need help, but know I can rest
assured. Thank you and see you soon!